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Murder in Paradise: A Christmas in Hawaii Turns to Tragedy

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The shocking true story of the murder of 23–year–old Dana Ireland and the nine–year investigation that became Hawaii's most publicised murder case.

By all accounts, 23–year–old Dana Ireland would have been successful at whatever she chose to do with her life. But she didn't get that chance. On Christmas Eve, 1991, this blonde–haired, blue–eyed young woman set off on her bi
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Avon
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Sarah M.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. The authors were very helpful in painting a picture and as someone who is in CJS academia, the legal details about jury selection were exciting to me. It painted a broader picture for your average Joe or Josephine True Crime Reader.
Colette
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it

This book was good but it's hard to say you "loved" a true crime story. The crime happens on the Big Island of Hawaii, in a remote area far from the typical vacationer's paradise. Dana Ireland is a young 23 year old girl in love with the paradise that is Hawaii and the family is enjoying Christmas with an older daughter that had made her home there. Shortly before dinner on Christmas Eve in 1991, Dana rode her bicycle to a friend's house to invite him to Christmas dinner, but on her return trip
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Wai'ala
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a good overview of the tragic case I grew up hearing during my childhood. this horrible tragedy happened just a few miles from where I was raised and grew up. I attended the same schools as the defendants, was taught to swim at the same beaches that were mentioned and spent my youth walking those same secluded coastal roads. this story changed my home town and the whole state as it did for all those involved, and I feel this book painted a fairly accurate portrayal of all that occu ...more
Ipo
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was by far the most difficult book I have read. Usually books of this size doesn't take me three days to finish but because I found myself getting overwhelmed with emotions I had to take breaks every now and then. I felt the pain of Dana's parents. I felt what the father felt when he heard that first guilty verdict. I felt what Dana's mother felt towards the men that took her baby away from her. I felt the sadness felt from Dana's sister. I'm glad justice was served. I'm happy that Mr. ...more
SouthWestZippy
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
In beautiful Hawaii on Christmas eve 1991 23 year old Dana Ireland was riding her bike from her boyfriend's place to her parents place when a nightmare unfolded. Three strangers kidnapped, raped, beat her and left her to die. She was alive when good samaritans found her but latter died on Christmas day. If you like detailed courtroom true crime books, this book is for you, I don't but I did find the book easy to read.
Rachel Aranda
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This overview of a 1991 running into, beating, rape, murder a young woman on a Hawaiian island was decently written. This case had a lack of witnesses of the incident, shifting confession, and lack of forensic evidence made this case a nightmare for Hawaii Police Department. As a reader I appreciate the writer being from the area the murder took place, but I feel she could have been more organized in her writing. It would have been nice if she had gone more in depth into the case.
Taylor Lasconia
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall i would rate this book a four star. It was a great book if you are into the whole crime scene . It is basically just a book based on a true story murder case that happened in Hawaii , on christmas eve. Not so much does it explain the murder itself but the trials and troubles one family had to go through to get their justice. I recommend to anyboyd interested in c.s.i .
Brenda
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a true (sad) story about Dana Ireland who was brutally raped and murdered in Hawaii. Unfortunately, with numerous issues, it took the legal team several years to finally convict three who were involved while one more is still at large.
Kim
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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